What Happened in May 1783

Historical Events

Historic Event

May 2 Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant is promoted by brevet to Major of Engineers in recognition of his service to American liberty

Historic Event

May 4 William Herschel reports seeing a red glow near lunar crater Aristarchus

  • May 18 First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States
  • May 30 Benjamin Tower of Philadelphia publishes 1st daily newspaper in US

Famous Birthdays

  • May 9 Alexander Ross, Canadian fur trader, born in Morayshire, Scotland (d. 1856)
  • May 10 Niccola Benvenuti, composer
  • May 22 Thomas Forbes Walmisley, English composer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1866)
  • May 25 Philip Pendleton Barbour, American politician and U.S. Supreme Court justice, born in Gordonsville, Virginia (d. 1841)

Famous Weddings

Betsy Ross

May 8 American seamstress Betsy Ross (31) weds (for the 3rd time) John Claypoole at Christ Church

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Pieter Valck(x), South Netherlands sculptor, dies at 49
  • May 23 James Otis, American lawyer, dies